Dec 312013
 

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An Update and A Few Cards

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With 2013 comming to an end this will be my last post of the year.  I’ve spent the last week mostly in bed resting up after the last push of getting things ready for Christmas, and I’m feeling rather rough with a stinker of a cold that started on Boxing Day.  I’ve now coughed so much that I’ve barely got any voice.  I hope that this clears up soon.

I have made a few cards in the days since Christmas though.  Some of which I’d started before Christmas.  And the batch includes a couple of Christmas cards ready for Christmas 2014.  There’s a bit of a variety between male, female and children’s cards.

I hope you like them.

I’m entering the first two cards in a few different challenges.
(So if you are visiting from a challenge blog and your blog name isn’t above the first card you’ll find it above the second.)

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

I’m entering this first card in the following challenges:

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  1. Rocky Reindeer Stamp by Janette Padley which you can get – here – from craftsUprint or – here – from the Stamping Dragon Designs online shop (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers – unfortunately I’ve misplaced my piece of paper with the notes of colours used, though I do know I finished off the bell with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I put some “ice” and “snow” on top of the image and stuck an oblong dome onto it using ultra tacky tape.  I took a blue, snowy, background paper from my crafting stash and cut an aperture the size of the dome from this before sticking down over the dome.  I went round the edge of the dome, over the background, with some blue Martha Stewart glitter glue in a “shabby” fashion.  I stuck the whole lot onto the front of a white base card and decorated it using christmas chipboard toppers from my crafting stash, attached using glue gel,  and a “Nadolig Llawen” banner – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Different angle of same card.
  3. Shaken card showing “snow” and “ice”.
  4. Different angle of shaken card.

I’d like to enter this second card in the following challenges:

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  1. cameo digi stamp by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Leaf Green, Satin, Blush, Bluebell, and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I added a littel gold Wink of Stella brush pen to her necklace. I then cut it out using an oval cutter and cut out a mat from pink, pearlescent cardstock, attaching the image to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I took an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I used a punch to round the croners.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image towards the top right.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach a strip of white lace towards the bottom left and a piece of pink velvet ribbon on top of that.  I wrapped some of the pink velvet ribbon around the wire stalks of some pink paper rosebuds and attached it to the card front using a strip of narrow pink ribbon.  I made a tripple bow of the same ribbon and attached it to the bottom right of the image using glue gel before finishing off the card by attaching some sticky back pink pearls and a peel-off greeeting, which I’d coloured over with a pink ProMarker.  The peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Closeup of image and some card detail.

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  1. Lemonade girl gingham decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the design out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white base card from my crafting stash, attached the base image layer and blank greetings panel to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the oval layer and then shaped the other pieces and attached them using glue gel.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Darts decoupage birthday card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a white square base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I added the next layer using 2mm deep double sided foam tape.  I went over the beer glass using Sakura clear glaze pen before shaping this, and the other pieces, and attaching them using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting to the card yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I shaped the flower layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by decorating the card with small spots of green Martha Stewart glitter glue.  I’ve not put a greeting on the card yet as I don’t who it will be used for.)
  4. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the base layer.  I love buddleia, which is why I bought this design, but cutting out around the detail of the flower heads proved impossible for me, and as the added layers of flowers were on a white background I thought it looked bad when I tried cutting around so I just used a piece of the layer with leaves as an added layer stuck on with glue gel and chopped off the rest.  Next time I’m not even going to bother with that as the image is lovely as it is – and I may even try a little flower-soft on top for dimension.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape. I finished off the card front by attaching sticky back white pearls.)
  2. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)
  3. vintage snow scene by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image at much smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I matted it onto frosted gold cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of 3/16″ using a craft knife and a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took a pre-scored A5 white base card from my crafting stash and cut off most of the front to leave around 1″ of the front.  To this I attached a sheet of acetate using ultra tacky tape.  I used the same tape to attach a piece of lace to the left of the card front and a strip of the same frosted gold cardstock I’d used as a mat over the edge of this.  I attached the matted layer and a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – to the front and finished off with some gold snowflake peeloff.)
  4. Previous card photographed open in an attempt to show the acetate front.

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my last post I showed you our Christmas cake after I’d done most of the decorating, but before my two youngest nephews’ snowmen were added.

Today’s photos show the cake top with the addition of the two snowmen made by the boys.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

As I’m writing this there are around 30 designers offering 20% off all their designs, with some of the top designers being amongst the list.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 27th December – Here! – 20% OFF Designer Discounts, FREE CD Volume 78, Hot Designs & 8 New Froms!
  • Monday, 30th December – Here! – 20% Designer Discounts, Free CD, 49p Card Kit & CUP Best Sellers

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Dec 302013
 

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Design Team Cards

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already four weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Hoppy Frog on Lily Pad digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

This card was created from a series of circles.  The base card is an circular easel card, and all the elements are circles.

Even the digi-stamp was cut out using the circle scissors before the top half was cut out close to the digi.  The wording here says “I heard that you lost your voice and now you’re croaking like me”.

The different circles were stuck on at slightly different heights to give the card front some dimension.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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Keep an eye out for my next post for “The Dragons Den” in January 2013 – when I’m hopeing to show you a gatefold card with an addition.  In the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members before then to inspire you.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

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Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Even More December 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 03:16 pm
Dec 262013
 

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An Short Update and Musings, A Few Cards and Much More

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Well Christmas Day is past, and we spent it quite quietly, just my parents and myself being here for breakfast, Christmas dinner, and supper.  Although one sister, her husband and one of their children came over in the morning, and my brother, his wife, and their boys called over just before bed time. The other sister and her husband having been for a short visit and light lunch on Christmas Eve.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a few non-Christmas crafting projects, in between doing Christmas things – just to get a bit of balance and not to get too stressed out about Christmas.  I started writing this post a few days ago, but now that it’s Boxing Day and I’ve got more time I thought to just sit in bed with nothing that needs doing I thought it would be an ideal time to just take my time and finish writing and publishing this.

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MUSINGS:

As it’s Christmas I’m sure it won’t be any surprise to anybody that my thoughts over the last few days have turned to the reason for the season – remembering the birth of Christ and celebrating his birthday.  Of course we’d had our family Christmas service at our chapel the Sunday before last, when my two youngest nephews had a few parts in the nativity play as well as singing a duet while I played the guitar for them.  And our minister was holding a communion service for members of all his chapels in town on Christmas morning (I couldn’t go to this because of preparing the Christmas lunch though my father went).  But the feeling I’m getting more and more lately is that very few people care about the reason for the celebrations – they just want to have fun, eat a lot, drink more and get so drunk they don’t remember any of it in any case.  I find that very sad.

Of course I like the fun things about the Christmas celebrations.  The Christmas Tree – but with a star or an angel on top reminding us of parts of the nativity story, as well as the decorations reminding us of the gold and other expensive gifts the wise men brought with them.  And the giving of gifts to each other is also a reminder of the gifts given to Jesus, as well as his teachings to think of others, not just ourselves.  So much of Christmas celebrations are symbols to remind us of other things – even if some of them were borrowed from earlier celebrations initially, and even if many don’t want to know about the reason for some of the Christmasy things.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Jiggy goes back to school Stamp by Janette Padley and Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (The digi stamp image was printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  The background was printed onto a 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamp using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red, Berry Red, Cardinal Red, Forest Green, Chestnut, Wallnut, and also Antique White and Dove Grey FlexMarkers.  I took an A4 sheet of ale yellow pearlescent cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I trimmed the background to fit the card front, leaving a half cm border all the way around.  I trimmed the coloured in digi-stamp and went round the edge using the same Red ProMarker I’d used to colour in the image.  I then matted it onto a gold pearlescent cardstock and trimmed it to leave a small border before I stuck it directly to the front of the background using finger-lift tape.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Hexagonal Pyramid Grey Garden Cat Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  As I’ve been asked to make more cards that are shallow enough to go through the post on a standard letter stamp I decidd to only use the base layer and two of the hexagon layers.  I took a Square card made from yellow, pearlescent cardstock.  Stuck a strip of white lace down around 1cm from the left hand edge using ultra tacky tape.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach the base layer and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the two hexagon layers.  I finished off by attaching some green and white sticky back faux pearls. I’ve not attached a greeting yet as I don’t know what language or occasion the card will be needed for.)
  3. Black and white image from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images (I took the image and coloured it in with my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Budding Rose, Satin, Mint Green, Blush, Raw Sienna, Pressed Leaf, Canary, Grass, Meadow Green.  I then used my Hougie Board to score twice around each edge of the image, once as a decorative feature and once to use as a cutting line.  I took a background from my crafting stash and did the same on that, giving a mat with a 1cm border around the trimmed image.  I took an A4 sheet of pearlescent cardstock, put on a strip of green Coredinations cardstock down the left side 1cm away from the spine.  The matted image was stuck directly to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I decorated using some punched paper flowers and some white sticky back pearls.)

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  1. Beautiful White Horse on Beach Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  As I’ve been asked to make cards that will go through the post on an ordinary stamp I split the layers and decided to only use three layers for this card and use the rest on another card.  I took an A6 blue base card.  Stuck on a background from my crafting stash over the spine so that it covered most of the front, just leaving a small border of the blue cardstock.  I matted the largest of my chosen layers onto holographic silver paper and trimmed it to leave a small border.  This was then attached to the front of the card using finger-lift tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the other layers.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Black and white image from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images and Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders (I took the image and coloured it in with my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Denim Blue, Satin, Yellow, Walnut, Grass, Bright Green, Black, Cool Grey 5, Raw Sienna, Henna.  I printed the background out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I trimmed the coloured in image and the background.  I then used my Hougie Board to score and mark the background to make a central panel stepper card.  I stuck the coloured in image to the central panel using finger-lift tape.  I embelished the card by attaching various shaped I’d made using Martha Stewart clay and moulds.  These were attached using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in yet.)
  3. Different angle of the same card to show dimension.

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BOXES:

I’ve decorated another old box that held chocolates.  If you’ve been visiting my blog regularly you’ll have seen the boxes I decorated earlier in the month.  The previous boxes were to hold a selection of assorted greetings cards as gifts, but this one is for me to store some of my hand made embelishments in until I’m ready to use them.  I’m sure there will be a few more boxes to work with after Christmas so I may make a few more and keep my punched and shaped flowers in a different box to the embelishments I’ve made using Martha Stewart clay.  It would be simple enough to re-label the box by re-printing the name panel with different wording.

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  1. Floral Delight Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and moved, resized, etc., until I was happy with my layout, adding the text “Hand Made Embelishments” before printing the created A4 design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I trimmed the sheet to the right size to fit the width of the box and down two sides.  I took my box lid and put white cardstock on two, opposite, sides using glue gel.  I then scored my design and attached it over the top and down two sides of the box, again using glue gel.)
  2. Different angled photo of the same box.
  3. Different angled photo of the same box.

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DECORATED BOOK :

I’d bought a “Project Book” because I wanted somewhere to keep cards I’d receive in “Card Swaps” as well as keep notes of ProMarker colours I’ve used when colouring in, or bands from balls of yarn when knitting, until I’m ready to type up the details.  The “Project Book” has several sections and lots of lined paper. So I’m going to keep one section for covering the lined paper and putting in hand made cards I’ve received, and use another section for notes.  I’ll be removing the notes pages when I’ve typed them up, which means that, with those pages removed there will be more room in the book to allow for the depth of the cards.  At least, that’s the theory, and it’s working OK so far.

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  1. Lush Green Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and duplicated, resized, cut, moved, etc., until I had a layout I was happy for the cover of my book.  I typed in the words “Cardiau A Crefftau” – which is Welsh for “Cards and Crafts” – and then printed out my design onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I also printed out an A4 sheet of two different backgrounds from the kit.  The two backgrounds were stuck to the book front, rounding the corners of one on the right, and then using a strip of the other down the spine, snipping into the background to get it to go between the spring spine.  I then wrapped a piece of American Seam Binding, that I’d coloured with a Frosted Leaf ProMarker, around the book beore sticking the decorative cover on top.  I used a quick grab wet glue to attach everything.  I went round the edge of the decorative front using a green Martha Stewart glitter glue and used a clear Wink of Stella brush pen over the title panel.)
  2. An angled view of the book front cover attempting to show the shimmer on the title panel.
  3. Christmas Rose Journal Kit by Janette Padley (This is an inside page from my “Card and Crafting” book, which I’ve made ready to attach a Christmas card I received in a card swap, that is currently hanging with our other cards in the sitting room.  I took several elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I had an A4 page layout I was happy with.  On another page I put a couple of the “flower” elements, the panel and another element.  Both the pages were printed out onto 250gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock.  The main page was trimmed and I used a punch to round the corners, and the elements on the second sheet were cut out.  I don’t want too much bulk on the page, so I used the quick grab wet glue to attach the sheet to a page inside the book, and glue gel to attach the elements practically flat to the page.  With the panel I only put glue along three sides as the bottom element is tucked under the bottom of it to hold it in place.  I wrote the date of the swap on the panel – Tachwedd 2013 being November 2013 in Welsh.)
  4. This shows how the bottom element un-tucks from the panel.  I intend to write the name of the swap partner who sent me the card inside this after the Christmas cards get taken down and I attach the card on the page.

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CAKE DECORATING

I’ve decorated two little cakes for Christmas.  My father is a diabetic, so can’t have an ordinary, shop bought, Christmas cake, or ordinary icing or marzipan, but my niece bought him a small cake which is baked with no added sugar (with only the dried fruit in it for sweetness), and I then made special marzipan with ground almonds and fruit sugar (which in small quantities is OK for him as it takes longer to break down in the body and doesn’t get into the blood stream as quickly as processed sugars), and then I put a very thin layer of this over his cake, with a couple of cake decorations on top to make his cake look festive – so that he doesn’t feel he’s being left out.  (I also made him special mince meat and made him a dozen mince pies – again with just dried fruit soaked in pure orange juice with some butter, rather than the shop bought mince meat which has a lot of suet and processed sugars in them.  And a small Christmas pudding, again with no added sugars.)

Of couse, that small quantity of specialist cooking was my limit before my bad health deteriorated, so I bought in mince pies, Christmas pudding, and a cake for the rest of us.  This time I bought in just the cake, not a decorated cake, and bought a block of marzipan and a ready rolled icing to decorate myself.  On with the marzipan first stuck to the cake with a mixture of apricot jam and brandy, then on with the icing.  I then used the off-cuts of icing to make snowflakes to stick round the side of the cake.  These were cut out using food grade cutters.

My youngest nephew had been with me a couple of Saturday’s ago and he’d helped me make an assortment of chocolates.  One of the moulds I’d got was one with all the letters of the alphabet on, and we’d made chocolates with all the letters needed to spell out “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – and these I then put on the top of the cake.  And that is the stage the cake is at in the following pictures when I finished my part of the decorating.

We’d also used food grade silicone moulds to make some chocolate “branches” which are to be used to make twiggy arms for two icing snowmen to go on top center once the boys made these out of icing.

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TUTORIALS:

If you’ve missed any of my pictorial guides you may want to go and have a look at the different sections I’ve created, and the pages of information I’ve published on how I do various things.  The two areas of guides I’ve been working on this year were:

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

No time to write anything in this section today, but I do have a few more ideas to write up for the new year, so I hope you’ll keep popping in to have a look at my blog in the future to catch my future posts.

One thing I am thinking of doing is putting all my previous “Making Things Easier!” sections into a page to make a quick reference possible – another thought of something to do in the new year.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount on the downloads they sell via CUP by clicking – Here!

As I’m writing this there are some 10 designers with a 20% discount on all their designs – remember that it isn’t just the samples shown on the “Designers currently on discount” page that have the discount, but all the discounted designers designs.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 20th December – Here! – FREE Volume 76 Downloadable CD, Whats HOT this week, 8 New Froms & Happy Christmas
  • Monday, 23rd December – Here! – Monday Community Selections, FREE CD, 49p DIY Card Kit, Happy Christmas!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Dec 252013
 

I would like to wish all of you who are visiting my crafting blog a

Very Happy Christmas

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Whether you live in a warm climate or a cold one, I hope that you are all safe and well this festive season.
And I hope you remember the reason for the cellebrations – remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.

Carden Nadolig Digidol 2013s

Crafting Mid December 2013

 Posted by at 05:40 pm
Dec 192013
 

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An Update, Cards, Crackers, Bags of Chocolate and More

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 Hope your Christmas crafting is all coming together on schedule for you all.  I’ve got most of my gifts packed now, but do need to finish off wrapping the last few items over the next few days.  The decorations were ut up by my niece, who went up to the atic to pull them down, and my two youngest nephews, though I do need to hang the Christmas cards – I’ve been through all the ones we’ve received today to make sure that everybody is on the list of people we sent cards to.

In between doing Christmas things I’ve been doing a bit of relaxing knitting – using a knitting loom of course since I can’t hold up knitting needles with attached knitting for long enough to make anything worthwhile.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

A bit of a selection of winter birthdays, Christmas, male, etc., cards this time.

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  1. Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the images and one of the frame element into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card.  I made a second copy to use for decoupaging and then printed out the page onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the framed topper and then cut out the wing and shoulder from the second image.  I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went round the edge using a Cyan ProMarker.  I then used fingerlift tape to attach the toppers and then shaped the second layer before attaching using glue gel.  I finished off by putting some clear Wink of Stella over snowflakes on the background and various areas of wings and dress, although it doesn’t show up in the picture. I think this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but as I don’t know what language it will be needed in I’ve not added a greeting yet.)
  2. Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the frames and one of the images into one of my graphics packages and moved around and resized until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card.  I then printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the topper.  I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went around the edge using a Cyan ProMarker.  I attached the topper directly to the card front and then went around the outside of the topper with a glitter pen and over the snowflakes ans “star” areas on the dress using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, although the twinkle doesn’t really show up in the photo.  I think that this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but haven’t put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Oh Christmas Tree 5×5 Insert Panels by Ammie Sanders (I typed “Nadolig Llawen Iawn” – which is Welsh for “A Very Happy Christmas” – onto the panels in different colours and fonts before printing out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut them out and put one of the panels on the front of a black base card, going over the baubles on the trees and the star with clear Wink of Stella before sticking the other panel inside as an insert.)
  4. The inside of the previous card.

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  1. Majestic Lion Simple Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts and Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders (I printed the pyramage sheet onto a 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and also printed the background onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took the background and trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board, folded it in half and added a ribbon of black cardstock across the front.  As I needed to keep the card shallow for posting I only used three of the layers for this card, attaching the base layer directly to the card front using finger-lift tape and using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the other layers.  I’ve put on the blank greetings panel as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  A great image for a male card.)
  2. Country cottage new home decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I took a pre-cut and scored square base card and attached the paper-ribbon element from the sheet just below the top folded edge.  I went round the scallops using a Pear Green ProMarker.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the base layer to the card front and then glue gel to attach the central, circular, panel and then the bow, which I’d shaped before attaching.  I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet so I’ve not put a greeting on yet.  A really lovely image for a “New Home” card.)

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CRACKERS AND BAGS OF CHOCOLATE:

I’ve got most of my crackers made up, with the keyrings and bag charms I’ve shown you over the last couple of months inside.  They are all the same, except for the name, on the outside, so I’m only showing a small number here.  I’ve also bought a big box of chocolates and bagged them up for various family members, with a panel over the top with the recipients name on.

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  1. Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (I added the panel with a family member’s name to my chosen background before I printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out my cracker pieces using a Tonic Cracker Die.  I used a small strip of ultra tacky tape at either end of a cracker snap and attached it to either end of inside the cracker.  I didn’t want to get too fussy with the crackers so simply used pieces of cotton yarn to tie in the ends.  Inside each one I’ve put a Scratchcard and a keyring or bag charm.)
  2. Closeup of the labled area on the front of a cracker
  3. Closeup of the back of a cracker

Those of you who’ve seen my latest blog post will have seen how I used up the diamond waste from cutting out the crackers, but if you haven’t the please click – Here! – to go to my pictorial guides section and scroll down.

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  1. Pretty in Pink Card Papers by Janette Padley (This pack of backgrounds and elements are lovely for crafting with and work well together for matting and layering, etc., for cardmaking.  But I decided to use them to make panels to go on the top of bags of chocolate for various family members.  I put them into one of my graphics package and added a greetings panel and names beore printing.  I chose several of the backgrounds for the different family members and printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out I went around the edges with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen, scored and folded them in half over the top of the sealed bags, and just put one staple in to hold them in place.)
  2. Closer look at one of the chocolate bags

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JEWELLERY:

Another couple of key-rings.  This time simply Mix n Mingle beads on a pendant end attached to a key chain.

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  1. Black and silver keyring for a male.
  2. Pale pink and green bead keyring/bag charm for a female.

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KNITTING:

I’ve done a bit of knitting on one of my knitting looms in bed this week.  The first thing I did was a scarf knitted out of SMC Network yarn.  And now I’m knitting a piece out of wool that can be felted by putting the finished knitting in the washing machine.  That isn’t finished yet, but you can see what it looks like now.

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This is a scarf knitted using a netting type yarn over 7 pegs on one of my knitting looms.  I used two balls of yarn for a scarf this length.

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This is a special yarn that’s mostly untreated wool.  I’m knitting it over all the double row of pegs on one of my knitting looms and using 4 balls of the yarn for my piece.  It will then be put in my washing machine for a full cycle to felt it.  I’m hopeing that it will make a nice, thick, felt to make a pair of bootee slippers for me to ware around the house, but time will tell about that.  The finished piece after knitting is approximately 11″ by 3’0″.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 16th December – Here! – Designer 20% Discounts, 49p DIY Card Kit, Specials & Best Sellers
  • Wednesday, 18th December – Here! – CUP News, Xmas Gift Vouchers, CUP TV, Crafty Bob Paper on Special & More

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Further December 2013 Crafting

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Dec 162013
 

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An Update,  Boxes, Cakes and More


I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.

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Well, Christmas is getting nearer, and I’m busy finishing off and packing some of the gifts I’ve got planned.  I feel I’m pacing myself nicely at the moment, with around half the parcels already wrapped and under the tree, a batch more ready to pack, and a few hand made items that just require a few finishing touches.

We had the Christmas service at the chapel yesterday, followed by a visit by Santa Clause and a tea party.  The service went well and everything was great until just after I’d given Santa the last chocolates and tangeries to give to a child with their gift – and that’s when I stepped back, the knee of my damaged leg gave out on me (yes I knew I’d done too much the last few days, bobbing up and down, and standing to do the story telling during the first half of the service, and my leg, as well as most of the rest of me, was aching and tired) and I landed in a heap on the floor taking out a coffee table on the way.  Thankfully I had tied off the scenery and backdrop very well – to prevent the children topping them during their acting or playing – so that just wobbled and stuck in place.  And Thankfully I didn’t break any part of me either, though I do think a bruise will come out across the bottom of my back a few inches below my waist where it made contact with the edge of the coffee table.  Not very dignified though getting back up with a whole congregation watching.

Normally Monday is a more of a rest day for me to get my energy back after making family lunch and going to the chapel on Sunday, but this afternoon was the first performance of the Christmas musical plays at a concert at my two younger nephews school, and I’d got a ticket.  My niece picked me up and drove me there and dropped me at the gate from the carpark to the school yard and drove round to pick me up there at the end, so I didn’t have to walk across the carpark and get even more tired.  It was so nice to see the boys taking part in their respective plays.

So, this evening I’m sat in bed taking it easy and finishing off this blog post and browsing around a few Facebook groups and blogs online.  I hope you like the assortment of crafted items I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

You’ll have seen this card in my post of the 11th December, but I’d forgotten to take a photo of the insert for that post – so here it is again, this tiem with the insert.

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Beautiful Horse Card Topper 3 by Tammy Clarke and Antique Plum Pink Rose Insert 8×8 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little smaller than the size provided.  I also printed out the insert twice at a little smaller than size provided. I took a scalloped edged base card and went round the edge with a purple ProMarker.  I also cut out one of the insert pieces and went round the edge with the same ProMarker before attaching it to the front of the card as a layer using finger-lift tape.  The second insert was attached inside the card.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this beautiful horse topper and finished off by wrapping a piece of purple jute string twice around the top of the card and tieing in a simnple bow.)

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BOXES:

I’ve been decorating boxes to put an assortment of hand made greetings cards into as a gift for some family members.  This means that they’ll have nice cards to send their friends during the year.  The first one is in blues to give to a male, whereas the rest are for females.

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  1. Imagine 9 by Anna Babajanyan and soft blue lace by Karin Johansson (I printed out the backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed one background and stuck it over the top of an old chocolates box that I was recycling.  I cut panels from the other background, stuck one onto a mat of silver paper, and attached them to the front of the box.  White cardstock was put onto the bottom of the card and the two sides not covered with this background.  I finished off by writing “Cardiau” which is Welsh for “Cards” on the top and putting a dotted pattern around using a French Navy ProMarker.  The box is going to be used to give a dozen hand made cards and their envelopes as a gift so the recipient can use them during the year.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.

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  1. Salmon Pansies by Tom Curtis and LACE BACKING PAPER SHEET #L50M by Janice McFarlane (I printed both backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. This project was to recycle an old chocolate box to make a gift box to give a dozen handmade greetings card as a gift so that the recipient had them to send throughout the year. I trimmed the backgrounds, one to put over the box and one as a panel, putting a strip of white linen cardstock across the top on the diagonal.  The linen textured cardstock was also put on the bottom of the box and the two sides not covered by the background.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.
  3. A different angled photo of the same gift box.

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  1. beautiful butterfly vellum 2 by Michelle Johnson and Layered Doily 2 & Butterfly…SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and trimmed it and stuck it over the top and down two sides of an old chocolate box that I wanted to recycle as a gift box.  I put white linen textured cardstock over the other two sides and under the base of the box.  All pieces were stuck in place using glue gel.  I took a die-cut panel and wrote “Cardiau” – which is Welsh for “Cards” – on it using a Mulberry ProMarker.  I added a flower that I’d die-cut using a Tonic die, and a butterfly cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.)
  2. A different angled photo of the same gift box.
  3. Ivory Roses by Tom Curtis (This is a box of approximately A4 in size with an acetate front that I wanted to decorate up to use as a gift box.  I printed this background onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out to use as a border around the box front.  I attached the strips with ultra tacky tape before attaching some die-cut embelishments and flowers.  The panel says “Cardiau” – which is Welsh for “Cards” – as this box has been made to contain an assortment of hand made greetings cards to give as a gift to a family member so that they can be on hand for them to use throughout the year.)

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JEWELLERY:

Some more Kumihimo Keyrings with a bead for you to look at this time.

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  1. The Kumihimo braid is made from a 2 to 3mm wide purple cord and finished off with end caps to add to the keychain.
  2. Closeup of beaded charm added.
  3. The Kumihimo on this one was made in exactly the same way, but it is a much narrower cord because it is made with a card that’s only 1mm diameter.  I started this one by putting the cords through a jump ring so that it didn’t need gluing into an end cap, although the other end is stuck in a small end cap.
  4. Closeup of Sodalite bead put inline with Kumihimo braid.

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CAKE DECORATING:

Saturday morning, while waiting for Tesco to deliver, I put a batch of cupcakes in the oven, and then simply decorated them after lunch, so that I had something to take with me to the tea at our chapel after the Christmas service yesterday.

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A dosen vanilla cupcakes with a circle of ready to roll icing on top and then snowflakes made out of the same icing with some sugar on top.  I used Snowflake Plungers to cut out the snowflakes.  The second photo is a closeup of one of the cakes so click on it to see a larger version of the picture.

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve added a new Pictorial Guide! You can find it at number “08” in my “Making Paper Flowers” section.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

At the end of last month we were told that it was the last of the 20% End Of Month Discount Code but that there would be new discount initiatives to be found every now and then.  Well we’ve now been told that the Designers who sell their digital creations via CUP now have the option to put their whole catalogue on a 20% discount whenever they feel like it.

You can find a list of all the Designers currently on discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 11th December – Here! – NEW 20% Designer Discounts & ALL the latest CUP News
  • Friday, 13th December – Here! – Free CD Volume 76, Whats HOT HOT HOT & a NEW 49p DIY Card Kit

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Dec 122013
 

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the November Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Vicky Fortier. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the November Card Swap was “CHRISTMAS”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

Novembeer Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Vicky. Thank you so much Vicky.

NovemberCardSwap from Vicky 01I love the colours of this, and the image of the girl making a snow angel is such a fone image.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Vicky – I’ve done something a bit different and made the background all white on white with the coloured digi-stamp the only thing with colour on the card.

(Clicking on the medium or thumbnail sized images brings up a larger version of the image that shows the effects of better.  Clicking on the text links below takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the card.)

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  1. Front view of card.
  2. Slightly different angle and with flash that shows some of the twinkle on the window panes.
  3. Angled view of part of the card front.

Details:

Ruperts Window by Janette Padley ( I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were:  Lipstick Red, Ruby, Bright Green, Grass, Cyan, Walnut and Cloud Blue FlexMarker .  After colouringit in I went over the window panes with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to give them a twinkling frosty look.  I also added some Martha Stewart glitter glue to the bottom right of each pane.  I got out my Joy machine and some of my small number of dies for this card, cutting several snowflakes and some Tattered Lace bunting to spell “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for Happy Christmas – out of linen textured cardstock.  I went over the snowflakes with the same clear Wink of Stella as I’d used on the window panes.  After cutting out the window I matted it onto white Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed to give a small border before attaching it to the front of a pre-cut and scored shaped card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I thredded some white, 6 strand cotton, through the bunting and then used glue gel to attach snowflakes and bunting to the card front.)

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More Early December 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 03:30 pm
Dec 112013
 

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A Short Update and Musings, Some Cards And Other Bits

If you don’t want to read my musings, or know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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 I’m still working Christmas things, although much of what’s in this post doesn’t look Christmasy – but that’s because they will be a part of a gift for use throughout the year.

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MUSINGS:

After coming across a question, on one of the Facebook Groups I belong to, about the rights and wrongs of converting an image from a physical stamp, into a cutting file to cut out vinyl using a Silhouette machine, my thoughts have once again returned to the issue of copyright (and the fact that some people know about some areas of it and still disregard the law).  The answer is, of course, that you are not legally allowed to create a cutting file from a stamped image unless the stamp company or illustrator of the image expressly gives you permission to do so – and very few, if any, companies would allow such copying of their work.

As I’ve given my thoughts on the need for crafters to check the “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policies” of all the companies who’s stamps, toppers, etc., they use, to make sure that they are following the rules, in previous blog posts I won’t go on about it a lot today, but I will give you links to a couple of sites that have researched the issue and provide more information than I want to do in this blog.  Please do click over for a read (I’m still working my way through the first one myself).

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

I’ve been working on an assortment of cards to put in a box to give as a gift for a family member.  I’ve not put a greeting on any one as I don’t know what language the recipient will want the card to be when they send them, so Ill be including some peel-offs and greetings banners in both English and Welsh when I pack the box of cards.

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  1. Butterfly Shaped Stacker – Wow Yellow by Kirsty Green by Butterfly Stacker – Wow Orange / Yellow Backing Paper by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out at half size and cut out the butterfly layers. I then printed background onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out panels of both shades of the background, going round the shapes to make two backing panels. I then took my gold Wink of Stella and went round all layers of the butterfly and the two shaped backgrounds with it to give all the edges a bit of a twinkle.  I took a square, scalloped edged, white card and went around it with an orange ProMarker before sticking the largest backgorund directly to the front using finger-lift tape, and then the smaller layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by shaping the butterfly layers and attaching in place using glue gel.  This is one card from this batch that would require a large letter stamp because of the dimension.)
  2. An angled view of the same card to try and show some of the dimension.
  3. Pink roses pyramid topper by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  As I wanted to keep the card depth low for posting I decided to only use the base image and two other layers.  The base layer was stuck onto a scalloped edge square card using finger-lift tape.  The other two layers were attached using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I went around the edge of the card using a pink ProMarker and finished off by attaching some sticky back gems.)
  4. Beautiful Horse Card Topper 3 by Tammy Clarke and Antique Plum Pink Rose Insert 8×8 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little smaller than the size provided.  I also printed out the insert twice at a little smaller than size provided. I took a scalloped edged base card and went round the edge with a purple ProMarker.  I also cut out one of the insert pieces and went round the edge with the same ProMarker before attaching it to the front of the card as a layer using fingerlift tape.  The second insert was attached inside the card.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this beautiful horse topper and finished off by wrapping a piece of purple jute string twice around the top of the card and tieing in a simnple bow.)

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  1. Mini Inked Toppers – Blank Night Landscapes by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the panels.  I went around the outside edge of the panel I chose for this card with a purple ProMarker and also went around the edge of my chosen base card with the same proMarker.  I attached the topper to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I put glitter glue over the moon and three spots of it at each corner of the base card.  I finished off with some ProMarker I’d outlined with to make dots at the centre of each side.)
  2. Cute Labrador Puppy Pink Offset Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  As I wanted to keep the depth of the card low for posting on a standard stamp in the UK I split the layers in half, after cutting out, so that I could make two cards from the sheet.  One card was made using the base layer and two others on an rectangular card, but for this one I chose a small shaped card from my crafting stash and went around it using a Carnation Pink ProMarker.  I went round the largest of my chosen layers with the same ProMarker.  I put down a strip of glitter ribbon across my base card before attaching the layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by sticking on sticky back gems at the top two corners.)
  3. Beautiful Long Kitten Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I used a punch to round the corners of the base layer before going round all the layers using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I created a base card of a suitable size out of an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and trimmed.  The base image layer was attached to this using finger-lift tape and the two two top layers were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by going over the butterfly wings with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.)

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  1. Sky Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I used a punch to round the corners of the base layer before going round all the layers using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I created a base card of a suitable size out of an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and trimmed.  The base image layer was attached to this using finger-lift tape and the two two top layers were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by going over the twinkle at the top of the image with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and attaching two clear, sticky back, faux gems to the greetings panel.)
  2. Scenic Toppers by Wendy Freeman (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the toppers.  I took a small decorative edged card from my crafting stash and went around it with a Lipstick Red ProMarker and added a tripple dot pattern around it as a background.  I then attached a my chosen topper using a 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by putting spots of red glitter glue around each corner of the topper.)
  3. Wild Tiger Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I rounded the corners of the base layer using a punch before going around the edge of all pieces using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to give a little twinkle.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board before folding it into an A5 base card.  The card front panel was attached directly to theis using finger-lift tape.  I attached the three panels to this using 1mm deep, double side, foam tape.  I finished off by putting dots of a brown glitter glue around the edge.)

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JEWELLERY:

Both of these are keyrings are knotted and are for males who like riding horses.

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  1. This has a straight piece with three silver plated hematite beads of two different sizes and a horses head charm.  The knotting on this piece is twisted – which is achieved by always making the cross over for knotting in the same direction.
  2. This piece has two hematite beads and a horse charm which is hanging on a loop created from one of the central cords. This time the knotting is flat – which is achieved by making one knot from the right and once from the left, alternating.  I finished this by bringing the end up to the start and finishing off.  I used a Thread Zapper to cut and seal the ends in place.

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LANTERN:

I made this “lantern” to hang in the “stable” during our Sunday School Nativity play.  I made two of them.

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  1. The “lantern” is made from a single sheet of A4 parchment.  I scored it to give four side panels plus a bit extra for sticking.  I also scored where to cut to give the triangles for the top of the lantern, again adding an extra bit to one side of each triangle to give a space for sticking.  I then scored out a rectangular panel on each of the four sides.  I cut out the “lantern”, folded at all the score lines, and stuck everything into place using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I then used my Yellow ProMarker and coloured in the outside of the rectangular panels on all sides.
    I then made a spiral from 16 guage jewellery wire, and put this under a small, battery operated, tealight.  I wound the end of the wire around the tealight and bent it up over the top so that it is sticking upright. I put a kink in the wire so that the length is a little shorter than the apex of the lantern and pushed the wire end through the small gap at the top of the lantern.  I left a length of wire long enough to drop the inside construction to turn the tealight on, then turned the wire into a hook and cut off the spare. The yellow colouring gives the illusion of a light being on, even if it’s too bright to see the light from the tealight when it is on.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

Since starting to make Shamballa style bracelets, and other knotted items such as keyrings, I’ve been trying out different methods I’ve seen demonstrated of how to hold the cords while doing the knotting.

I’ve tried using pins into my beading mat board.  I’ve tried bulldog clips on either side of a plastic tray A4 paper tray.  I’ve also tried tapeing the ends to the sides of a tray.  But, although all worked, I wasn’t totally happy with any method as things still moved as I worked and were a little fiddly to reposition.

Then I saw an item used by children when making friendship bracelets – a Friendship Bracelet Maker Kit.

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I’ve used it to make bookmarks – as I showed in my last blog post – but I then had a thought that if it could hold cords to make friendship bracelets why not use it to hold cords for knotting shamballa bracelets.

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  1.  It’s got “teeth” under the sprung butterfly clip.
  2. For the keyrings shown earlier in this post I used a double central cord, so I threadded it through the jump ring on the bottom the keyring finding and clipped this end under the butterfly.  The two ends were put between two of the “fingers” at the other end of the board.
  3. I then threaded on the beads and knotted both ends together to prevent them falling off.
  4. I then took a slightly larger diameter cord and started knotting as close as possible to the edge of the butterfly. I just lifted the end from the “fingers”, slipped a bead up, and popped the cord ends back between the “fingers” before continuing my knotting.
  5. The cords can be put to one side of the centre to work on if you find it difficult to pass the knotting cords under the central cord because of the central bar, though it doesn’t need to be as far to the side as in this picture.  I prefer having the central cord down the centre and can rest my hands either side, so making working easier for me.

I’m not saying that something like this will help everybody who wants to do Shamballa, or other knotted jewellery, but this is something to consider if you struggle with keeping this in place.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 9th December – Here! – 22 Piece Card Kit for just 99p & All the BEST SELLING Designers and Crafters

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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Assorted December 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 08:14 pm
Dec 062013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog
A Bit Of An Update,  A Short Musings, Some Crafting But No Cards

If you don’t want to read my musings, or know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.
I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.

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I’ve been trying to complete a few things ready for Christmas.  Not everything is done yet obviously – I’m not rushing things, just pacing myself.  But I did get some gifts wrapped this morning.  Lots more to do, but it’s a start.

One thing I really do need to do is clear all my crafting bits and bobs that have migrated to the table in the sitting room.  We use the table for nuts and nibbles and fresh fruit, and also for putting out the Christmas cake, over the Christmas period, so it must be cleared before then – mind you, I don’t want to put things out too early or somebody will have nibbled what they shouldn’t well before the day.

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MUSINGS:

The only thing I’ve been wondering the last few days is – where did I put all the keyrings and bag charms I’ve made?  I’ve found some but not the rest.  I know I put them somewhere safe until I needed them – I just can’t remember where I put the first batch.  I’ve even looked back through my blog posts to find out what other jewellery I made at the same time and found those – but no keyring!  Isn’t it annoying when something has been put safe and you’ve got no idea where now?!  Or is that just me?

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BOOKMARKS, GOODIE BAGS, ETC.:

I’ve bought books as a part of their Christmas presant from me for some family members, and so I decided to make little bookmarks to go with them.  I’ve made 4 of this type so far in different colours so that family members don’t mix them up.

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  1. These bookmarks are made out of 6 stranded embroydery cotton floss that’s knotted in the same way as some children make friendship bracelets.  After finishing the knotting I went over the top and bottom ends with a sewing machine to make sure that the knots stayed in place and then I separated out the 6 strands to give a finer, fuller, look to the ends, before trimming the trailing ends.

I usually buy a big box of nice chocolates and split them up into smaller goodie bags of chocolate for family members for Christmas, and I will do that for several family members, but this year I decided to make some chocolate shapes for some of them.  I used food grade molds to make the shapes.  There are three red dragons in one pack made out of red Candy Melts, and there’s one chocolate motorbike in the second made out of light cocoa Candy Melts.

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  1. Blazing Autumn Mini Theme by Janette Padley (This kit includes lots of richly coloured components that would look great on a scrapbook page or greetings card.  But for this project I put on a white panel in one of my graphics packages and added a greeting before I printed out two of the backgorunds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out a fancy panel before scoreing and folding in half.  I put my chocolate shapes into a food grade plastic bag, folded the top over, then put the folded panel over it.  I then popped two staples through to hold everything in place.)

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SEWING:

A couple of years ago I was fortunate to win a box of patchwork goodies in the Sew magazine giveaway.  I’ve not nearly finished using them yet, and I have several pieces of patchwork that are a work in progress – but I did finish this quilted cushion cover made using strips from a Jelly Roll of batique finish material.  This one is a house warming gift.

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  1. Jiggys Daffodill – Rugby Welsh – Coloured by Janette Padley (Rather than make a card, this time I printed onto printable cotton at around half size, peeled the backing away, backed it and appliqued it onto the front of a cushion cover I made which incorporated a ribbon of the Welsh flag.)
  2. Closeup of the part of the cushion cover that includes Jiggy and the Welsh flag ribbon.

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KNITTING:

This is a scarf – but not for a human.  I’ve been persuaded that Blocwend, one of my nephews’ teddy, was in desparate need of a “Welsh” scarf.  So this is what I came up with:

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As usual this is knitted on a Knitting Loom over some six stitch pairs out of Stylecraft Special Double Knitting yarn.  After knitting I cut two strips of two Welsh Flags from a narrower ribbon of the Welsh flag than I’d used as one of the stripes on the cushion.  I folded these over the ends of the scarf and stitched them in place using my sewing machine.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 6th December – Here! – Latest HOT Designs from CUP, FREE CD Vol 75, 99p Card Pack and 9 New Froms

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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First Post Of December 2013

 Posted by at 10:28 am
Dec 052013
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Notebook

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 I hope that your plans for crafting in the period up to Christmas are progressing smoothely and that those of you who are selling at Craft and Christmas Fairs are having lots of sales.  I’m still working slowly at making things, and a few books I’d ordered for some family members arrived yesterday so I just want to finish off some bookmarks to put in them today before I pack them.  Then perhaps I’ll write some of the Christmas cards I’ve made.

I’ve been in a lot of pain since overdoing things on Sunday, so most of my crafting has been finishing off some of the items I’d already got cut out.  I just pulled a couple of plastic trays of bits, and my “use it every time I craft” tote, onto my bed and did a bit of simple sticking and trimming off of some matting and layering, so had my glass mat on my lap tray for this session.  I did start on a cushion cover, sewing at the kitchen table, yesterday but only got as far as freemotion quilting on the front before having to go back to bed.  Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that today and show you what I’ve made in my next post.  In the meantime, I hope you like the cards I’ve managed to finish.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Black and White Christmas by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the images.  For this card I cut out the top left image around an eighth of an inch outside the drawn line.  I stuck this to a sheet of linen textured silver cardstock and trimmed it to give a sixteenth of an inch border.  This was then stuck to the front of an A6 black base card created by cutting an A4 sheet in half and scoreing.  I finished off with a die-cut holographic silver star and a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  This is a great sheet to make four quick but appealing cards having both the nativity scenes for religious cards and other scenes for those who are not religious.)
  2. Black and White Christmas by Tom Curtis (Made using another image from the same sheet as the previous card.  After cutting out the image I rounded the corners with a punch before layering onto the same type of silver textured cardstock and trimming it to a sixteenth of an inch border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I attached the image towards the bottom of a black base card that’s a little shorter than A6 in size and added an angel die-cut from white cardstock, which I’d gone over the wings with clear Wink of Stella, to the top right before putting on a peel-off greeting.)
  3. Closeup of previous card showing the shimmer on the angel’s wings created by using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen over them.)

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  1. Christmas Scene Watercolour Background 1 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little less than A5 size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut it out.  I scored a sheet of A4, linen textured, silver cardstock with my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I stuck the image directly to this.  I then attached a star that I’d die-cut out of holographic silver paper, and a greeting banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  I finished off by brushing over some clear Wink of Stella in lines over the tree branches to give a shimmer to the snowy branches.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at a slightly different angle to try and show the shimmer added by using the Wink of Stella brush pen over it.
  3. Sweet Jesus by Debra Jenkinson (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out.  As I’m working on cards that will go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp I split the layers in two, to make two shallower cards from the one sheet.  This card was made as an A5 card front with two extra layers added, and the other card – which I showed you in my post of 30th November – was made with the full circular layer and the middle and smallerst layers. I built up and stuck the layerswith 1mm deep, double sided foam tape.  The card is one I made bye scoreing a sheet of A4 white cardstock in half using my Hougie board and then folding it in half.  I went round the edge with a Black ProMarker and stuck the built up card front to this. I finished off  by adding gold Wink of Stella brush pen to the circle around the circular pyramage and the reins of the camels, and clear Wink of Stella brush pen to the star.)

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  1. Vintage Shabby Roses Topper Sheet by Ammie Sanders (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, chose one size for this card and cut it out.  I matted this onto silver, linen textured, cardstock and trimmed to three sixteenth of an inch all the way round using a Perfect Layers ruler.  This was stuck to the front of a scalloped edged white card from my crafting stash.  I put die-cut decorative corners in Centura Pearl Snow White in each corner, over the corner embelishments in the image so they just show through and look like a shaddow.  I also added some pink, punched out, paper flowers.)
  2. A different angle of the previous card.
  3. Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders and black and white image from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images (I printed the backing paper out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper and cut a panel out from it to fit the front of a scalloped edge square card from my crafting stash.  I rounded the corners with a punch and then went around both the panel and the edge of the card with a Plum ProMarker before using finger-lift tape to attach the panel to the card. I chose the image from the pad if Lily of The Valley images I’d bought and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Satin, Cyan, Lipstick Red, Cinnamon, Plum, Black and Lemon Chiffon.  I went round the image to give shaddow with Dove Grey FlexMarker.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach this to the layer on the card front.  I finished off by putting three strands of brown jute twine around the top of the card and tieing in a knot.)

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  1. PRETTY THATCHED WHITE COTTAGE PYRAMIDS by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pyramage layers and other elements.  As I wanted to keep the card shallow for posting I chose the base layer and two others for useing on this card and attached them to each other using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The base card was made by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of patterned cardstock.  I die-cut a panel out of green, linen printed/textured cardstock and stuck the pyramage directly onto this.  The matted image was stuck directly to the card front towards the top right using finger-lift tape.  I then used glue gel to add the other elements.  I’ve not put a greeting on the greetings banner yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  A really lovely image that would be suitable for male or female cards.)
  2. Greens checks insert 1 by Sharon Poore (This is the insert I put into the previous card.I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper and then trimmed off the white edges.   I then scored and folded it in half.  I attached it inside the card using finger-lift tape. This is a very generic insert that’s suitable for cards for men and women.  I like the fact that it has a nice, clear, area for writing a greeting and that it’s suitable for landscape or portrait orientation card.)
  3. NATIVITY WITH BABY JESUS A4 by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out 2 to a page onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock giving me two images at a little under A5 in size.  I then cut them out.  I took an A5 white base card, went round the outside of the card front and the topper with a blue ProMarker.  The image was then stuck directly to the front of the card using finger-lift tape.  I added a white “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – and several different types of snowflakes which I’d die-cut out of light blue cardstock.)

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  1. Moonlight Fairies  by Janette Padley (I printed the image out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured in the central circle using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and coloured the outside area using a Wine & Roses Twinkling H2O.  The image was then trimmed and the corners rounded with a punch.  I matted this onto some black cardstock and trimmed it to give a border of a sixteenth of an inch.  This was then matted onto white, linen textured, cardstock and trimmed to three sixteenth of an inch, again rounding the corners.  I created a 15cm square card from 300gsm black cardstock, attached some sticky back glitter flourishes around the sides and stuck on the matted and layered topper using some quick grab glue.  I finished off by putting on a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, and a die cut white leafy branch.)
  2. A different angle of the same card to try and capture some of the sparkle and shine of the coloured image.
  3. Beautiful Swan Watercolour Painting Cu4cu by Ammie Sanders (I took the image into one of my graphics packages and resized it before creating several extra layers of the swan.  I printed it out onto300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cutting out the pieces.  I took a base card from my crafting stash and went around the edge with a blue ProMarker, adding a swirley pattern.  I went around the base image layer with the same ProMarker.  I then stuck the base image directly to the card, shaped my swan layers and stuck them in place using glue gel.   This is a really stunning image.  I chose to keep it simple for this card, but it would also look great with the addition of feather, etc., emelishments.)

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  1. The topper is from a pad of images ad painted by Thomas Kinkade.  I cut this one out and matted it onto a very pale blue Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I then cut around to leave a narrow border.  I went around this with a Powder Blue ProMarker.  The matted image was stuck to the front of a white card from my crafting stash and I used the same ProMarker to add some dotty detail.
  2. This card was made by cutting a topper out of an old card – so doing a bit of recycling and getting a second use out of the image.  I went round the edge with a Plum ProMarker before attaching to the front of a scalloped edged square card from my crafting stash.

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NOTEBOOK:

Another little gift to go with a family member’s main gift made –

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  1. Emilys Little Jewel Purple Floral by Janette Padley and Emilys Little Jewel Purple Check by Janette Padley (I printed both the backgrounds out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a cheap Reporter’s Notebook and attached one of the cardstocks to it using quick grab glue, snipping across the top to allow the spring to go through.  I then trimmed around the front to get the background the right size.  I attached a panel of the second cardstock before cutting out flowers from the spare piece of the first background.  I shaped them gently and then put them on the front as embelishment.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 2nd December – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Stunning Cards from our Craft Community
  • Wednesday, 4th December – Here! – 25% Discount on Selected Card Blanks, CUP TV & CUP News

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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